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The Associate of Science in Applied Technology students complete 30-33 credit hours (one year if you attend Clarion full-time) of specified coursework with Clarion University prior to field training with one of our technical education providers. At one of our technical education providers, you will complete specialized training in Applied Technology.

The AppliedTechnology program holds national accreditation by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). ATMAE is recognized as the premier professional association for the accreditation of industrial technology programs in colleges, universities, and technical institutions.

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Auto body technician

Erie Institute of Technology (Technical Education Partner)

This program will prepare you for entry-level positions in the automotive field in positions which include auto body technician, automotive collision technician, automotive painter, and automotive repair estimator.

Curriculum highlights:

  • Auto Body Repair
  • Automotive Welding
  • Auto Surface Preparation

Business and INformation management


Today's business office is highly automated, thanks to computer networks and advanced software. In the Business and Information Management program, you will:

  • Gain knowledge in key concepts in human resources, accounting, customer service, and Business Management.
  • Gain computer skills in QuickBooks Pro, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access.
  • Learn networking and database fundamentals.
  • Develop the ability to troubleshoot and maintain networks within an office environment.

computer and network system support, maintenance and repair


The demand for networking to facilitate the sharing of information, the expansion of client-server environments, and the need for computer repair specialists to use their knowledge and skills in a problem-solving capacity will be major factors in the rising demand for network and computer technicians. Employment will continue to grow much faster than average for all occupations as organizations that continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies computers and networks.
This program prepares you to be future a:

  • A+ computer repair technician
  • Help desk technician
  • IT specialist
  • Field service technician
  • PC repair and technical support specialist
  • LAN support specialist
  • Network installer
You can sit for several industry certification exams, which will reinforce your learning experience.
  • CompTia's A+ Hardware and Software
  • CompTia's Network+
  • CompTia's Server+
  • CompTia's Security +
  • CompTia's Mobility +
  • Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Configuring
  • Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Supporting
  • Why CompTIA Certifications?
  • Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo and Xerox recommend or require many of these certifications for their technicians
  • CompTIA name globally recognized
  • Vendor-neutral

network & database professional


With the growth of the Internet, networking and infrastructure management are areas of IT that are developing rapidly, especially with new developments in wireless communication and wireless networking. LAN and WAN systems can range from a connection between two offices in the same building to globally distributed networks, voice mail, and email systems of a multinational organization.

The network professional deploys networks, ensures reliability and consistency of the network, handles problems, and reduces the risk of network failure. Database administrators perform report generation, backup management, security management, and performance monitoring and tuning – you'll make sure data is secure, available and is used productively.

Employment Opportunities

  • A+ technician
  • Database administrator, analyst, manager, or specialist
  • Help desk technician
  • IT specialist
  • LAN administrator
  • Network administrator, engineer or security specialist
  • PC repair and technical support or support specialist
  • Systems engineer

Job Outlook

The demand for networking to facilitate the sharing of information, the expansion of client–server environments, and the need for computer specialists to use their knowledge and skills in a problem-solving capacity will be major factors in the rising demand for network and database administrators. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Linux fundamentals and administration
  • Legacy Operating Systems
  • Networking fundamentals
  • TCP/IP
  • Windows professional
  • Network design and installation
  • Network security
  • Windows script
  • Hardware router (Cisco) technology
  • Routing and switching
  • Database server
  • Exchange server
  • Programming database
  • Querying database
  • Directory services

electric utility lineman


You will complete two full-time semesters of coursework in general and business education at Venango campus in Oil City. Technical training will be completed during a 12-week summer session at the Blue Knob All Seasons Resort in Claysburg, Pa.


At the Global Power Line Academy you will learn:

  • Climbing wood poles and pole top rescue
  • Electric utility rigging
  • Electrical theory
  • Grounding for personal protection
  • Digger derrick training
  • Power line construction, IOU & REC standards
  • Proper cover-up methods (rubber glove & hot Stick)
  • CPR/First Aid
  • OSHA – electrical safety & PPE
  • Industrial safety management
  • Management theory and practice
  • Quality management
  • Communication skills


You must pass a driving and criminal background screening, obtain a CDL physical and technical capabilities assessment, and meet the requirements necessary to obtain a CDL license.
The line construction trade requires an extreme physical fitness level, hard work, and commitment both mentally and physically. Students must be able to work under pressure and make quick, sound decisions. The trade sounds fun and looks cool, but it is extremely dangerous. Line workers put their lives and the lives of their coworkers on the line every day.


Housing is available at Venango campus during the completion of your academic coursework. Lodging during technical training is arranged through Blue Knob Ski Resort prior to your technical training, with both single and double rooms available.

Required Equipment

You will be required to purchase equipment on/before the first day of classes: You can obtain these in advance, or purchase from Bashlin Industries during the orientation (approximately two weeks prior to the start of the technical program). The cost of tools is approximately $1,000.

CNC/Machinist Technician


Computer Numerical Control machines have radically changed the manufacturing industry. Curves are as easy to cut as straight lines, complex 3-D structures are relatively easy to produce, and the number of steps that require human action have been considerably reduced.

Get your hands on drill presses, mills, lathes, and grinders, then advance to CNC milling and CNC turning. You will learn to efficiently set up and run CNC machines. Be capable of controlling the three axes of lathes and mills through Computer Numerical Control programs. Problem solving skills, troubleshooting techniques, and use of engineering materials and processes learned at EIT will enable you to take your place in tomorrow's industry.

What is a CNC Machinist?

CNC machines are employed in most modern-day machinist shops and mass production facilities to increase accuracy and efficiency when forming metal parts. A CNC machinist is specially trained to program, operate, and maintain such equipment. He or she uses expert knowledge to set up machines that are capable of cutting, bending, forming, and polishing raw metal into finished parts and tools. Professionals read and interpret blueprints, input data into a computer system, and inspect the accuracy of a machine's operation. Machinists are responsible for making careful adjustments and performing maintenance on delicate parts.

Employment Opportunities

Employers are expected to continue to have difficulty finding computer-controlled machine tool operators and numerical tool and process control programmers with the necessary skills and knowledge. Technology is not expected to affect the employment of machinists as significantly as that of most other production occupations, because machinists monitor and maintain many automated systems. Due to modern production techniques, employers prefer workers, such as machinists, who have a wide range of skills and are capable of performing almost any task in a machine shop.

Job Outlook

Employment of computer controlled machine tool operators, metal and plastic is expected to increase by 2 percent (2019-2024). The increasing use of CNC machine tools in all sectors of the manufacturing industry, replacing older mechanical metal and plastic working machines, will increase demand for computer-controlled machine tool operators.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Blue Print Reading
  • Practical Dimensional Inspection
  • OSHA Safety Standards
  • CNC Mill & Lathe
  • Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing

cnc Machinist


This program will enable you to gain theory, application and practice of setup and operation of two-axis CNC lathes and three-axis CNC mills and be able to read and edit relating CNC program. You will gain fundamental theories of manual applications in drilling operations, turning and milling and build upon these principles to become proficient in setup and operation of CNC lathes and mills.

What is a CNC Operator?

A CNC operator readies equipment to perform the necessary work. They download programs, place the required tools and metal or plastic that is to be shaped into the machine, and perform a test run. Once any problems are detected and modified, the operator will run the needed amount of product.

The CNC operators, some who also have programming experience, continue to look for any problems. These can be detected by hearing too much vibration in the cutting tools, which cause errors and diminish product quality. The CNC operators also check to see that the metal or plastic, called the workpiece, is adequately lubricated and cooled. One operator may watch several machines at a time, depending on the complexity of the work that needs to be performed.

Employment Opportunities

  • CNC operators
  • CNC programmer
  • Machinist apprentice
  • Entry-level manufacturing engineers

Curriculum Highlights

  • Blueprint reading
  • Inspection principles
  • Technical math
  • Machining fundamentals
  • CNC setups & operations

electric arc welding


The Electric Arc Welding program provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical application necessary to adjoin similar and dissimilar metals and perform a variety of other welding associated tasks commonly found in the metals fabrication industry. This program will equip the student with the entry-level fundamental knowledge and skill for entry into the welding and fabrication field.

Courses include

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW I)
  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW II)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)
  • Flux-Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Pipe Welding (GTAW)

What is Electrical Arc Welding?

Electrical arc welding is a process utilizing the concentrated heat of an electric arc to join metal by fusion of the parent metal and the addition of metal to the joint usually provided by a consumable electrode. Electric current for the welding arc may be either direct or alternating, depending upon the material to be welded and the characteristics of the electrode used. Electrical Welding is less complicated than the intricate processes of conventional welding.

electro-mechanical technology


This program will provide you with entry-level competencies for the electrical, mechanical and automation industries. You will learn industrial three-phase and single-phase electrical systems, motor control, and develop troubleshooting and repair skills in industrial electrical machining and hydraulic systems. Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of CNC machining, programmable logic controllers, robotic programming and fluid power systems. You will also learn the basic safety principles for industrial equipment.

What is Electro-Mechanical Technology?

Electro-Mechanical Technology is centered on the disciplines of mechanics, electronics, controls and computers which, combined, make possible the generation of simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile commercial and industrial products. Industrial applications are becoming increasingly multidisciplinary requiring engineers and technicians to develop skills in a variety of disciplines including mechanics, electronics, computer science, and automation. Mechatronic systems exist in almost every science, mechanical or industrial field. Many existing jobs will soon require Mechatronics skills and problem solving abilities.

Employment Opportunities

  • Industrial electrician
  • Industrial maintenance and machine repair
  • Electrical/hydraulic technician
  • Careers in the automation and robotics industry

Job Outlook

The increased use of machinery in manufacturing will require more millwrights to install this equipment and more mechanics and maintenance workers to keep it in good working order.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Inspection Principles
  • Machine Technology
  • Industrial Safety
  • Control Wiring
  • AC/DC Applications
  • Mechanical Drive Systems
  • Fluid Power Technology
  • Robot Operations and Programming
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Electromechanical Robot Maintenance
  • Applied Software for Mechatronics
  • Preventative Maintenance Applications
  • Automation Applications

welding & fabrication technology


Employers desperately need trained welders. That's because they know their products and structures are only as good as the welds and the welders who produce them — highly skilled men and women with the satisfaction of knowing that their welds literally hold America together.

You can become one of these highly-sought professionals. You will learn to weld all types of metals, and you'll learn many modern, sophisticated techniques along with related skills, such as how to read drawings, shop detailing, fitting and layout.

It's hard work, but when you graduate, you'll have your welder's certifications (AWS and ASME), the skills you need to get a great job, just about anywhere you want to go — with the associate degree that will give you the ability to more up the ladder into a management position or the educational foundation to start your own business.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for entry-level employment as welding technicians in light or heavy welding as well as related trades. Students have completed the A.W.S. certification exam for plate and structural welds, and the A.S.M.E. certification exam for pipe fitting and piping systems prior to graduation.

Job Outlook

Employment of welding, soldering, and brazing workers is expected to grow about 2 percent during 2019-2024. The basic skills of welding are the same across industries, so welders can easily shift from one industry to another depending on where they are needed most. Job prospects should be excellent as employers report difficulty finding qualified workers as well as retirement and growth in the oil and gas industry.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Arc Welding Processes
  • Fuel Gas Processes
  • AWS Welding codes
  • Metallurgy
  • Blueprint Reading
  • TIG Welding
  • MIG Welding
  • Metal Surfacing
  • Structural Steel Weld Certification
  • Pipe Weld Certification
  • Computer Applications
  • Pipe Welding
  • Pipe Fitting
  • Weld Inspection
  • Piping Systems
  • Metal Identification
  • Structural Steel Layout
  • Steel Fabrication

medical equipment technician


Medical equipment repairers, also known as biomedical equipment technicians, maintain, adjust, calibrate, and repair a wide variety of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and other medical environments, including health practitioners' offices.

They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, medical imaging equipment (x-rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs, as well as other sophisticated dental, optometric, and ophthalmic equipment.

The technical curriculum of this program is offered at Erie Institute of Technology in Erie, Pa.

electronics engineering technology


This program will prepare you for entry assignments in the electronic engineering field. The in-depth science and mathematics is sufficient to qualify graduates for entry-level engineering technician positions in field service, research and development, broadcast, and other associated engineering functions.

Employment Opportunities

  • Electronic Technician
  • Electronic Test Technician
  • Customer Service Technician
  • Cable Television Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Electronic Equipment Repairer
  • Electronic Equipment Installer
  • Production Test Technician

Job Outlook

Job opportunities will be best for applicants with an associate degree, certification, or related experience. Knowledge of electrical equipment and electronics is necessary for employment and professional certification often is required.

Curriculum Highlights

  • DC, AC, Active Components
  • Circuit Design
  • Digital Principles
  • Microprocessors
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Algebra for Electronics
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Trig. for Electronics
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Programming
  • Electronic Drafting
  • Communication Circuits


The Computer and Engineering Technology Program will prepare you for electronics certification exams offered by International Society of Certified Electronics Technicians and the Electronics Technicians Association. Holders of the ISCET and ETA certifications possess knowledge in electronics industry standards, troubleshooting techniques, test equipment and installation procedures.

electronics technician


Electronic devices make our high-tech world possible. However, the level of technical expertise needed to install, troubleshoot, and maintain this equipment has increased beyond the scope of the average individual.

If you are the kind of person who loves hooking things up or fixing things, the electronics technician program will give you the background you need for electronic installation, troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance. With the core of basic theory, as well as analog and digital devices, the program also paves the way for other specialized electronics training at EIT: You could go on to specialize in biomedical equipment technology, or industrial automation and robotics technology.

Employment Opportunities

  • Electronic Technician
  • Electronic Test Technician
  • Customer Service Technician
  • Cable Television Technician
  • Communications Technician
  • Electronic Equipment Repairer
  • Electronic Equipment Installer
  • Production Test Technician

Job Outlook

Job opportunities should be best for applicants with an associate degree in electronics, certification, and related experience. In addition to employment growth, the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force will result in some job openings.

Experienced repairers with advanced training may become specialists or troubleshooters who assist other repairers diagnose difficult problems. Workers with leadership skills may become supervisors of other repairers. Some experienced electrical workers open their own repair shops.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Electronic Installation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repair & Maintenance
  • Basic Theory
  • Analog & Digital Devices

industrial maintenance and mechatronics


This program will prepare you for entry-level positions such as Maintenance Mechanic, Maintenance Technician, Building Maintenance Technician, and Plant Engineering Assistant.

You will gain the expertise that is used in making sure buildings—all types of buildings—are properly maintained. Computerized controls may do a lot of the work in maintaining proper temperature, humidity, light, security, access and general monitoring of the functioning building. But, you'll be needed for maintenance analysis and diagnosis, troubleshooting electrical and plumbing applications, hydraulics, pneumatics, industrial air conditioning, and building systems. Plus you'll learn the OSHA and National Electric Codes and train for your refrigeration certification.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be able to obtain entry-level positions as maintenance mechanics, maintenance technicians, building maintenance technicians, and plant engineering assistants.

Curriculum Highlights

  • OSHA Safety Standards
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Industrial Materials & Processes
  • Electric Motor Control
  • AC/DC Theory
  • Programmable Logic Controllers
  • Maintenance Plumbing
  • Industrial Air Conditioning
Last Updated 8/31/21